Sorting and Seeking and Skimming oh my!!!
As I read over many Slicers posts today I read about waiting and I now get the idea of waiting. It must be really what I am doing. I thought I was sorting and seeking and skimming information.
In the last few days I have been sorted through file and papers from last spring, seeking new ideas by read what feels like hundreds of blogs, skimming through a stack of books on teaching – behavior, reading, writing, and science. I have been determined to have lesson plans in place, books chosen and room ready before our teacher meetings begin next week but here I sit still sorting and seeking.
Really! I have been teaching for over 30 years and yet here I am as if I am a first year teacher looking for the just right activity to start the year. The perfect book to read on day one. The nervous and excited feeling in the pit of my stomach. Will I be ready? I am waiting.
As I slow down and watch the August rain (?? odd for Minnesota) I realize that this is what makes a great teacher. We wait. We gather and wait for our students, we seek out new materials even after 30 years, we find new books for our students wanting to be sure they are relavant and connected, we seek and develop new projects every year.
My goal is to keep the learning fresh, new and engaging for students and for myself. This means the plans are not all in place on day one. It means we build as we build our learning community. The faces, personalities, skills, knowledge and interests of our student impact our plans and teaching.
So we sort, seek, skim and wait to meet our new friends for the year knowing that we have prepared. We have a wealth of resources from all the seeking to use once we know our new community.
So am continue my waiting … and seeking!